Monday, May 25, 2009
I went to the local high school track to do some running. There was a personal fitness trainer there with 12 clients. The class was stretching when I started running. The track is well marked. I started running in the correct direction. In other words, the lane numbers were right side up.
After I made a few laps, I saw 8 people from fitness class running toward me. I stepped off the track and let them go by. I then started running the same direction as the class. After another lap I saw the other 4 people in the class running toward me in the opposite direction!
I suppose I am a purist. But it is customary for everyone to run the same direction around a track. These people were, for no apparent reason, running both directions! They were nice and working very hard. I kind of thought that the trainer should know better. There were two other people running on the track that were not part of the class. They were baffled also.
To make matters worse there was a guy on the track walking his dog and puffing on a cigarette. Huge no-no on a crowded track.
The class stopped running and started doing calisthenics on the track. The class made a human road block. They moved a bit to let me run by. They were trying to be polite.
There is such a thing as track etiquette.
(1) Run the same direction
(2) Slow runners and walkers should stay in the outside lanes
(3) The inside two lanes are for those that are running quickly or against the clock
(4) If you are going to stop, put your arms out to the side to let everyone know you are stopping
(5) Look both ways before you step on the track
(6) Step off the track when you are not moving (with the exception collapsing on the track at the end of a race)
(7) Pass with care and give a warning, such as ďon your right ďif possible.
(8) Do not walk two abreast in lanes one and two
(9) Donít smoke
(10) Donít offer unsolicited advice
Most runners have this figured out already.